Bedfordshire Police have appealed for information after a burglary last week in the Prime Ministers area of Bedford.
Between 8pm and 9pm on Friday (29 January), a man entered a property in Stanley Street.
He forced his way past the victim before stealing a handbag from inside the address.
The suspect is described as a white man, approximately 5’10”, in his 50s, with a thin face and grey hair which looked unkept.
He was seen wearing a hi-vis jacket and a light blue face mask.
Bedfordshire Police Detective Sergeant Melissa Cunningham, investigating, said: “We are appealing for information about this burglary and for anyone who saw someone acting suspiciously or knocking on doors in the area of Stanley Street around the time of the burglary to come forward and help us identify this man.
“Please can I remind the public to be vigilant and cautious when opening the door to strangers, and to check any ID with service providers if they have arrived unexpectedly.
“Burglars are often opportunistic. Please ensure you lock doors and windows, and use a door chain if you have one when opening the door to strangers.”
If you have any information that could help police’s investigation please contact them by using the online reporting tool on the Bedfordshire Police website or by calling 101, quoting the reference number 40/4729/21.
You can also contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
For more information on burglary prevention advice, visit the Bedfordshire Police website.